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February 2, 2006

Read Captions Across America!

From: Captioned Media Program - Feb 2, 2006

The Captioned Media Program (CMP) is excited to announce a new partnership with the National Education Association’s (NEA) “Read Across America” and the CMP’s first-ever Read Captions Across America™.
The annual celebration (described in more detail at http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html) begins on March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday), but it has grown over the years into a nationwide initiative that promotes literacy every day of the year. We are excited and proud to be a part of this event! (See our press release at http://www.cfv.org/viewpr.asp?id=10.)  
 
We are contacting schools and libraries across the United States to join in on the fun! Many libraries have already pledged to participate by serving green eggs and ham; acting out and dressing up in Dr. Seuss characters; and showing the CMP’s captioned media titles, such as: The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham, to their patrons who are deaf and hard of hearing. We are asking them to be a part of developing a nation of caption readers with their own events!
 
To assist them in their efforts, we have sent links to our Read Captions Across America™ flyer (Nadf126), logo (Raa Logo), articles (“Read Captions Across America!” (Nadh154) and “Reading Captions Wakes Up the Brain Cells!” (Nadh157)), and a sample of the bookmark (Raa Bookmark) to be distributed in any way they see fit. We are also offering free posters (17 by 22 inches, identical to the flyer) and the bookmarks upon request (while supplies last).
 
Far too little educational media is currently captioned. Many of us have long been convinced that the only way to increase the amount of voluntary captioning is to also convince school administrators, teachers, librarians, and others that reading captions is good for everyone.  
 
Help us spread the word. Read Captions Across America™!